David Byrne says coronavirus pandemic is showing us “how intricately we are all connected”
David Byrne has shared some words on the coronavirus pandemic and while accepting it’s devastating effect on the world he believes it offers an “opportunity to learn how to change our behaviour”.
The Talking Heads frontman has written about the ongoing global crisis and shared his thoughts on how being isolated could actually bring us together.
Writing for Reasons to be Cheerful he said: “It’s ironic that as the pandemic forces us into our separate corners, it’s also showing us how intricately we are all connected.”
“It’s revealing the many ways that our lives intersect almost without our noticing. And it’s showing us just how tenuous our existence becomes when we try to abandon those connections and distance from one another. Health care, housing, race, inequality, the climate — we’re all in the same leaky boat.”
He also highlighted that “viruses don’t respect borders” which may mean “we have to put aside some of our suspicions and animosities towards others and see how much we can limit or even halt the damage.”
Reflecting on some countries ability to react quickly to the outbreak of COVID-19, Byrne said, “Folks [in those countries] have shown a willingness to share information with the government, make personal sacrifices and do what is necessary for the greater good,” he wrote.
“What is happening now is an opportunity to learn how to change our behaviour,” he continued. “For many of us, our belief in the value of the collective good has eroded in recent decades. But in an emergency that can change quickly.
“In emergencies, citizens can suddenly cooperate and collaborate. Change can happen. We’re going to need to work together as the effects of climate change ramp up. In order for capitalism to survive in any form, we will have to be a little more socialist. Here is an opportunity for us to see things differently — to see that we really are all connected — and adjust our behaviour accordingly.”